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Great British Columbia ShakeOut attracts record number of registrants

October 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut is clearly gaining more traction, with a record 800,000 British Columbians registering for today’s “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill, joining almost 41.5 million others around the world. “This year, we saw the largest number

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IBC invites Quebecers to try out earthquake simulator

October 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

As part of an earthquake preparedness campaign, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is touring Quebec and will be inviting residents of participating cities to experience a unique sensation inside the ‘Quake Cottage,’ a mobile earthquake simulator. Starting Oct. 6,

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IBC applauds federal government’s approach to carbon pricing

October 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has applauded the Government of Canada’s pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution. “IBC congratulates the government on today’s carbon pricing announcement,” IBC president and CEO Don Forgeron said in a statement on Monday. “Severe

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IBC applauds Ontario government’s focus on auto insurance reforms

September 23, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is applauding the Government of Ontario for “continuing to make auto insurance reforms a priority” as the government released mid-point mandate letters for all Cabinet Ministers. One of the key items in Minister of

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Estimated $66 million in insured damage from severe summer storms in southern Prairies: IBC, CatIQ

September 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Recent severe storms that swept through the southern Prairies – producing heavy rainfall, large hail, high winds, tornadoes and extreme lightning – are estimated to result in insured damage topping $66 million. The damage estimate released by Insurance Bureau of

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Recent earthquakes a reminder that events can happen anywhere: I.I.I.

August 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The recent earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar are a warning to homeowners and business owners in regions that may also be at risk to consider purchasing earthquake insurance, notes the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Just 10% of homeowners in the U.S. have

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Almost $65 million in insured damage from severe summer storm in Alberta, Saskatchewan

August 24, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A severe storm that swept through southern Alberta and Saskatchewan in the third week of July has prompted an insured damage estimate of almost $65 million, reports Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), based on figures provided by Catastrophe Indices and

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Total economic losses from disaster events in H1 2016 up 38% to US$71 billion, insurance industry covered 44%: Swiss Re

August 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from disaster events in the first half of the year rose by 38% to US$71 billion from the same time last year, primarily due to natural catastrophes, according to preliminary sigma estimates from Swiss Re. Of the

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Nearly 1,300 new hail claims created last week in Alberta, more than 3,000 waiting for an inspector: Agriculture Financial Services Corporation

August 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) said on Wednesday 1,289 new hail claims were created last week, while 3,089 hail claims are currently waiting for an inspector. AFSC, the Crown corporation with a private sector board of directors that provides

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Severe summer storm in southern Ontario causes $30 million in insured damage: CatIQ

August 10, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A severe summer storm that swept through southern Ontario during the second week of July has resulted in more than $30 million in insured damages, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). CatIQ, which delivers detailed analytical and meteorological

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Rainfall that caused flooding subsides in Alberta region hit this spring by wildfire

August 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Crews for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo removed numerous barricades erected after heavy rainfall caused flooding in the region that played unwelcome host to the devastating Fort McMurray wildfire this spring. “Following yesterday’s rainfall, ground support staff from Underground

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Swiss Re reports Q2 combined ratio of 101%, large nat cat losses of US$350M

July 31, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re Ltd. reported Friday its combined ratio in property and casualty reinsurance deteriorated 8.1 points, from 92.9% in the second quarter of 2015 to 101% in the three months ending June 30, due in part to losses from wildfires